Midsize Business ERP Dynamics GP and SAP Business One
Accounting software selection is important homework. We have seen situations when companies picked ERP soft without seeing demos and features match. In one case it was application developed in New Zealand and implementation was only the second one in the United States.
We understand the concerns as ERP is not something that you purchase every year. It is good idea to do the right job and then stick to the same platform at least a decade. Let’s review selection matrix:
1. Brand name versus startup. If application is backed by such software development companies as Microsoft or SAP the risk of failure is lower and there is the option to escalate in the case of problem. We do not believe that price is lower if you are picking package from unknown firm. There might be such marketing tricks as ‘pilot project’ or ‘new version pioneers’. Newcomers to the market might be specializing in industry niche. But even here there is higher risk as nobody knows how solid is business plan and if the company will be able to stay afloat in the mid-term future
2. Microsoft Dynamics GP. Let’s talk about this veteran on the accounting products market. Formerly it was known as Great Plains Dynamics. This application is one of the top leaders from the standpoint of number of customers in the United States. All USA requirements are covered including 1099, W2, W4, FUTA, SUTA, etc. There are numerous ISV channel add-ons including POS, Process Manufacturing, Ecommerce, Non-for-profit to name a few. GP is matured product. However Microsoft is making efforts to make it competitive on the web client market (Cloud computing). In the new version we expect web client interface to be available. Table structure is open for data import and repair directly in Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio
3. SAP Business One. This application is newer comparing to the one described above. In our opinion it is more flexible in customizations and modifications. Software development could be done directly in Visual Studio C# or VB. System has integrated CRM, simple discrete manufacturing, MRP (inventory replenishment), HR and Warranty Contracts modules. Cost of ownership is probably lower comparing to Dynamics GP. We would also like to mention that it is available internationally including such lucrative markets as China, Brazil, India and Russia
For easy reading let’s try to answer popular questions:
Q. We are trying to decide between Business One and Great Plains. In our case we need customization in inventory module (automated bin transfer). As we understand GP has Dexterity while B1 offer VS SDK. What is more flexible and cheaper?
Q. Is it possible to deploy Great Plains on Linux?
Q. We are thinking to pick totally Cloud approach with NetSuite. Would you like to comment?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Karasev is SAP BO consultant and Great Plains Certified Master, MVP, firstname.lastname@example.org 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904. He is also the initiator of eFaru project http://www.efaru.com and founder of Alba Spectrum information space